Three-photon excitation of N-acetyl-L-tyrosinamide.


We observed emission from the tyrosine derivative N-acetyl-L-tyrosinamide (NATyrA) when excited with the fundamental output of a femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser from 780 to 855 nm. The dependence on incident laser power indicates a three-photon process. The emission spectra and intensity decay in glycerol-water (30:70) at 5 degrees C were found to be identical for one- and three-photon excitation. Also the excitation spectrum of three-photon-induced fluorescence of NATyrA corresponds to the one-photon excitation spectrum. The time-zero or fundamental anisotropy spectrum was reconstructed from the frequency-domain anisotropy decays. The three-photon anisotropies are similar or larger than the one-photon anisotropies. These three-photon anisotropies are surprising given the near zero values known for tyrosine with two-photon excitation. The observations indicate that one- and three-photon excitation directly populates the same singlet excited states(s). However, the origin of the anisotropies with multi-photon excitation of tyrosine remain unclear and unpredictable.

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@article{Gryczyski1999ThreephotonEO, title={Three-photon excitation of N-acetyl-L-tyrosinamide.}, author={Ignacy Gryczyński and Henry Malak and Joseph. R. Lakowicz}, journal={Biophysical chemistry}, year={1999}, volume={79 1}, pages={25-32} }